Captain America: The Winter Soldier (my favorite of the Marvel Movies) is the definition of near perfection.
The story begins with two men, Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson, out for a morning jog. What would become a recurring joke in the movie, Steve tells Sam “on your left” each time he passes him. With their jog finished, the two exchange names and talk about their time in the war. Sam lets Steve know that he once served in the army and asks how Steve is adapting to the modern world. This exchange is brief as they would be interrupted by Natasha Romanov, the Black Widow.
The mission takes them, along with a strike team on board a ship called the Lumerian Star to rescue some hostages. While on the ship and after finishing with Batroc The Leaper (Georges St. Pierre), Steve learns that Natasha had a special mission of her own and that she was to extract S.H.I.E.L.D. data from the ship.
When back on land, Steve approaches Nick Fury and explains to him that he did not know of Natasha‘s mission. Nick then proceeds show Steve a special project known as “Insight” which has the ability to neutralize any threat before it happens. This, of course, conflicts with Steve’s morals.
Shortly thereafter, Fury approaches the man in charge, Alexander Pierce, to delay project “Insight”.
On his way to meet S.H.I.E.L.D. second in command, Maria Hill, Fury is attacked by a group of Police and S.W.A.T. members. Without warning, a masked man enters the picture and shoots an exploding disc under Fury‘s car. Luckily escapes.
The scene shifts back to Rogers’ apartment where he finds the now injured Fury. Fury is then shot, but not before explaining to him that he shouldn’t trust anyone. Steve pursues the shooter, who he would learn is known as the Winter Soldier.
At the hospital, Nick Fury would be pronounced dead.
As Steve would learn, Alexander Pierce and the strike team can’t be trusted as evidence by a scene showing Pierce and the masked man (Winter Soldier) working together. He and Natasha would steal a car and head to the original S.H.I.E.L.D. base. At the base they would learn that HYDRA still existed and not only did it exist, it had found its way into S.H.I.E.L.D. At this exact moment, a strike team unleashes a bomb on the base.
Naturally, the two make it out alive and seek refuge in the house of Sam Wilson. Sam goes on to tell them that he was a part of a military project called “Falcon” and they were responsible for testing winged jet packs.
They head back to Washington to discover that Hydra had, in fact, infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and that project “Insight” was a HYDRA project designed to take out anything that threatened it.
Eventually, the three of them (Black Widow, Sam Wilson, and Steve Rogers) would be taken to a place where they would find a recuperating Nick Fury. Just like every other movie, they learned that they only had a few hours before “Insight” would be launched. The only way to stop it was to replace the chips in the Helicarriers with some special ones.
With the Helicarriers now in the air, the three heroes take to the skies to stop them.
During Steve’s attempts to place the last chip in, a battle ensues with Bucky. Steve, not wanting to fight anymore, proclaims “I’m with you to the end of the line.” The Helicarrier explodes and the two fall from the sky. The scene ends with Bucky pulling Steve out of the water, ultimately saving him.
- “I’m on your left”
- Beats up Georges St. Pierre
- Confronts Fury about “Insight”
- Winter Soldier appears
- Fury tells him to not trust anyone and dies
- Learns that Alexander Pierce and most of S.H.I.E.L.D. are HYDRA
- Convinces Sam and Natasha to help him
- Learns the Winter Soldier is Bucky
- The three take down Hydra
- Refuses to fight Bucky
- Bucky saves him